Pressure Care: What you need to know

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Those with mobility issues may also suffer with pressure care issues due to the restrictions of their mobility. Below is a guest post  from Airospring Medical on  who is at risk, what to look out for, and how to prevent issues with the correct pressure care solutions.

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Evidence suggests that between 1700 to 2000 patients a month who are admitted into hospitals develop pressure ulcers.  In addition to this, a following 1 in 5 patients living within a care facility develop a pressure area of some sort during their stay.

Despite several new developments, most people are still completely unaware of the warning signs and how to prevent them. In this article I hope to provide you with a quick, simple and efficient way to spot and prevent pressure damage.

Most people when discussing the importance of pressure care say that they do not know what they are looking for. Pressure areas can appear almost anywhere on the body however there are some more common areas to watch out for, as shown below (picture from stopthepressure.co.uk NHS resource). These areas are more susceptible areas due to receiving the most pressure whilst lying and sitting for long periods of time.
A clear indicator would be noticing any redness, discomfort or broken skin around these specific areas.

 

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Below is my simple system to keeping your eyes peeled for pressure

5 Simple ways to check if someone is at risk of pressure damage

  • Is the person of a low weight/BMI with fragile skin?
  • Is the person eating and drinking less than average or less than they usually would?
  • Does the person have reduced mobility?
  • Does the person have fragile skin with blisters or damage on the skin? Patches of hot skin or swelling?
  • Is this person having issues with incontinence?

Then it is more than likely they are at risk of pressure damage.

5 simple things to do when you notice someone has these signs

  • If the person is living at home report these to the GP or district nursing team
  • If the person is living within a care facility report these signs to care staff or management
  • Ask or check what is already in place to prevent pressure damage.
  • Seek guidance and advice from medical professionals as to what equipment will suit this person
  • Purchase or receive the equipment that is right for you!

5 Simple ways to help prevent pressure damage

  • Eat and drink regularly and have a balanced and healthy diet
  • Move regularly and whenever possible – keep active!
  • Regularly check skin for redness or broken areas
  • Report any redness or broken areas to a healthcare professional
  • Purchase and receive the right pressure equipment for you.

There are some really good and simple resources available online to help to deal with pressure area care and prevention. One of the best I have found personally is www.stopthepressure.co.uk this shows all the different areas you should be aware of and information on other resources available.

Pressure Care and Airospring

There is one crucial area I have missed in the above categories. Those most at risk from pressure ulcers are those with cognitive impairments such as Dementia. This is due to them not always being able to express when they have discomfort or show the warning signs. The company I work for is launching a new dementia friendly range of pressure relief at airospring medical that is designed with these needs in mind. If you would like to visit our website and see this range please visit www.airospring.co.uk.

However as you can see all of these areas point to using the correct pressure relieving equipment to provide effective and comfortable relief.
Pressure care comes in all different shapes and sizes such as cushions, pressure mattresses and airflow devices just to name a few! There are so many different companies providing all kinds of relief. It can become abit of an issue trying to work out which pressure relief is best for you, so my advice is contact a healthcare professional, whether that be your GP, local district nursing team or online resources, explain your situation and they will be able to recommend the best protection for you.

 

Sophie Scott

Airospring Medical

www.airospring.co.uk

For a 15% discount from airospring products use code: SHOPM15

 

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August 16, 2019 |

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